Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 50

Wow! Made it day 50, but sadly I can't celebrate doing anything quilty today. I spent the morning getting ready for a surprise bridal shower, the afternoon hosting the bridal shower and the evening cleaning up from the bridal shower. It was a great success and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Now, I need to spend time dealing with Abigail. She's shouting about something.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 49

I wish I could say that I got another quilt done, but sadly I didn't do any quilting. Tomorrow I'm hosting a surprise bridal shower for my future sister-in-law (I don't think she knows about this blog and won't read this post) and have been getting that together. After running to the store for just a few things in the morning, I'll be all set. If the set up and decorating go quickly, then I'll work on cutting threads from the bookcase quilt tomorrow. But right now, I'm exhausted! Off to dreamland!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day 48

I finished the binding on this cute little doll quilt and mailed it off. I really liked the way it turned out. Although, as I just looked at the picture, I noticed that I made a mistake! I wonder if anyone will notice. I'm not going to say a word. Let's see who has the eagle eyes to figure out what I did wrong.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Days 43 - 47

Some may think this is a cop-out, but I am too tired to go back and recreate each day individually. I will, however, fill you in on what happened the last 5 days.

After finishing the binding on the bookcase quilt Friday night, I went through some e-mails and needed to send Brian the info for my flight on Sunday. Only then did I realize that my flight was on SATURDAY! At midnight, I dashed up stairs, woke my parents and let them know that I had to get to the airport the next morning in time for a 6am flight! While Mom held Abigail to keep her happy (she woke when I hastily laid her down in my panic) and Dad checked information on line, I ran around the house and threw everything into suitcases. It took an hour to get everything packed. Since Abigail was now asleep and my folks went to bed to get a couple hours sleep before getting up at 4am, I decided to take a shower. I was too sweaty and keyed up to sleep. Eventually, I did fall asleep around 2:30.

I was sure Arthur would have a fit when I woke him to leave, but he took everything in stride. He never realized that we left a day earlier than I said we would. That, however, was the easiest part of the day. When we got to the Muskegon airport, it took at lest 10 minutes for them to print my boarding passes and tag for my luggage. Mom timed it.

The first stop was Chicago. For some reason, United Airlines decided to change my route from Chicago to Portland and sent me from Chicago to San Fransisco to Portland. In Chicago, my next flight was delayed an hour. Unfortunately, I only had an hour lay over in San Fransisco. Our plane landed in San Fransisco 2 minutes after my flight to Portland left. No, I wasn't on that flight.

I arrived in San Fransisco at 10:50am and didn't leave until 9:55pm. Yes, if you are counting on your fingers that is 11 hours in the San Fransisco airport. They first put me on standby for a flight at 2:30, but the flight was too full. I was guaranteed a seat on the flight at 7:30 which would get me to Portland around 10pm. Then we would have the 3 hour drive home. I went to customer service and had them change my flight into Redmond. The flight was later, but it would get me directly home and at least an hour or more earlier.

The kids did exceptionally well for such a long, tedious day. They both fell deeply asleep on the last flight into Redmond. I couldn't get Arthur to wake up when we landed. I carried Abigail down to the tarmac and put her in the stroller. I then dashed back into the plane and carried Arthur out. It took me several minutes to try to wake him up and not a single person offered to help me. I had a sleeping Arthur, Abigail in the stroller, a large diaper bag and 2 wheeled carry-ons. Eventually, I woke Arthur up enough to have him walk into the airport. Redmond has recently remodeled their airport and for some reason decided that our tiny airport needed a mile long hike into the terminal.

We finally made it into the terminal and baggage area. Guess what? No luggage and not a single person around. We stood around for 40 minutes waiting for a worker to show up, but nothing. A janitor told us that they would pop in and out every now and then, but they didn't that night. So, we finally got home at midnight and fell into bed.

Now, here is the main question: Did I do any quilting? Yes, I did. I packed the hexagons that I was making for the doll quilt and worked on them while waiting in the airport.

Sunday, Day 44, I spent most of the time unpacking and washing clothes. The missing suitcase was delivered that afternoon and I was very happy to have it back and in tack. I took a little down time to make the rest of the hexagons.

Monday, Day 45, all the little hexagons are being turned into flowers. I have 13 flowers in all. I also cut and sewed the green background fabric for the flowers.

Tuesday, Day 46, I have the background prepared and am sewing the flower hexagons down. Unfortunately, I'm late in getting this quilt done. It should have gone in the mail yesterday.

Wednesday, Day 47, the doll quilt is nearly done. I am sewing the binding down right now and will be able to get this in the mail tomorrow.

Whew! That catches me and you all up to date! It's now time to feed my daughter and get ready for bed.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Day 42

I finished the binding this morning! I then shoved the quilt into a bag, gathered the kids and dashed to the mall. I saw a dress yesterday on sale, but wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it or not. By next morning, I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I went back to get it. I know my mom said that she would get it for me, but I couldn't wait. I didn't want to risk someone else finding this lovely dress on sale and they didn't have any others the size I wanted. So, now I have a new dress that originally cost $70 and I got it for $15! Woohoo!

After the mall, we drove through the pouring rain to meet a fellow quilter that I met on QATW. We had a great time and the kids were very well behaved. It's always nice to meet other quilters.

With only an hour before my aunt and cousins showed up for dinner, I set up the machine to quilt the rest of the quilt. I've got about 1 1/2 rows done, 4 1/2 to go. If I can get Abigail to stay asleep, I'll try to quilt for about half an hour. This quilting is going quickly and I'd like to get to the halfway point tonight. Although, I'm starting to feel pretty tired. Maybe I should just get to sleep and really work hard on it in the morning. Tomorrow's the last day! Since I'm meeting my sister for dinner, I'd like it done by then. Nose to the grindstone!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

I've nearly finished the binding! I have just a few more inches to do, but Abigail is waking up and I need to go try to get her back to sleep. It's late enough, that I'm going to bed, too.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day 40

I finished quilting the shelves tonight! Hooray! Tomorrow, I load the clear thread in the top of the machine and do stich in the ditch around the books and nicknacks. I hope it goes quickly, I'm down to 2 days.

My poor Dad strained his back this morning picking up Abigail. He said he just lifted wrong. So, he stayed home while Mom, the kids and I all went to the zoo. We had a great time! Arthur and Abigail were both very good (it looked like it was going to be iffy with the way Arthur started off in the morning!) and we stayed for about 2 1/2 hours.

After dinner, we loaded Mom's and Arthur's bikes into the pickup truck and headed to Vanessa's apartment. There are some wonderful bike trails around her apartment and beyond, so Vanessa, Arthur and I went for a short bike ride. It may have lasted longer if Arthur hadn't seen a little boy that lives a few doors down playing outside. Those two have become fast friends in the couple times they've played together. I would have liked to ride longer. I think I'll take Arthur out tomorrow for a ride around in the neighborhood.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Day 39

It was a good thing we went to the gardens yesterday because today was cold, windy and wet. We had been hoping to go to the zoo, but it was just too miserable for that. In the morning, the kids and I went with my mom to her school so she could show off the grandkids and attend a meeting. After lunch, since it was raining, we headed out to the mall play area. Arthur found some great friends and they chased each other the entire time.

I was able to get a couple more shelves done on the quilt. I had hoped to do more, but just ran out of time. Even though Grandma and Grandpa entertain Abigail and Arthur quite a bit, I'm still needed at times.

Abigail has been getting used to eating mashed bananas and rice cereal. She loves the bananas! She's also getting stronger and trying to pull herself up into more of a sitting position. My parents are rooting for her to crawl before we leave, but I'm happy to say that I don't think she will. Brian would be sad to miss out on that milestone.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Fredrick Meijer Gardens

Day 38

We are all worn out! Right around 10:00 this morning, we loaded up the car (Vanessa's car that was on loan) and drove out to Fredrick Meijer Gardens. It's quite an amazing place to see. We didn't leave until 4:30. Arthur fell asleep almost before we left the parking lot. I think everyone got at least a little bit of a burn. I am lucky enough to look like a lobster.

Even though I was worn out, I still made it out to the fabric store. I needed different thread to finish quilting Vanessa's quilt. One of the ladies there helped me think through what to do with the books and I think I'll do a stitch in the ditch. She thought that would be the most striking with the many books. I did one row of quilting on the shelves and really like how it's turning out. Only 8 more to go, then the books. Hmmm....I better get moving on this!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 37

I'm done with the black background! Yippee! I'm tired and I'm going to bed.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day 36

Much of the day was spent visiting with the Lake side of the family. Each time I come to Michigan to visit my parents, we set aside one day when we can all get together. It was especially nice this time to have Vanessa in the area at the same time. She's been living in Prauge the last several years and we haven't crossed paths a lot.

The weather was perfect, even the mosquitos thought so. We had brats and beans and stuff and visited for a while. My uncle gave a box filled with the Wilton yearbooks she had and a tub filled with her cake decorating tips. Any time I'm sitting for a spell I'm flipping through these books. I can't wait to get started!

After lunch, we all headed to Vanessa's new apartment nearly 3 miles away. She had the fixings for ice cream sundaes. Yummy! I'm ashamed to admit that I had two. The men all worked at putting Vanessa's new bedroom suite together. It had just been delivered earlier in the day.

We were back home by 6 and I was able to get a couple hours in quilting the bookcase quilt. I'm nearly at the end. Only one more row to do.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 35

Today was a good quilting day. I've completed 4 rows of the black background quilting and only have 2 more to go. Mom's machine is running nice and smooth. I hope it keeps it up!

Tomorrow, the family is coming over for a visit, so I won't be quilting until the evening.

I love coming to Michigan to visit and get a little break with Arthur (I don't seem to exist when Grandma and Papa are around), but I am starting to miss my husband a little bit.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Day 34

The quilting begins! I finished basting and trimming the quilt last night. After sleeping until 10:30 the next morning, thanks to a fussy girl that didn't sleep during the night, I started setting up Mom's machine to quilt. We realized quite quickly that I would need to go out and get a quilting or darning foot. Thankfully, a Singer store is just a couple miles away, so I went off in search of the right foot. Within minutes I was sitting at the machine getting ready to quilt. However, the machine would not work. The thread was somehow getting caught around the bobbin case and pulling it out of the machine. Weird!

After I fiddled with it for a while, Mom sat at the machine. It only took her a few moments of trying everything she could think of to get it working. For some reason, the machine has to be threaded with the feed dogs UP and then you can drop the feed dogs and quilt to your heart's content. And that's exactly what I did.

I'm doing a meander quilt stitch in the black background and then will switch to a cream or tan thread for the rest of the quilt. I've done most of the black in one row out of six. I'm really pleased with how well it's going. Mom's Janome is smooth and quiet. I should be able to get this done in no time.

Tonight we all, Vanessa included, went the the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. Thursday nights is a discount rate of $1.50 a person as opposed to the $7.50 regular fare. Arthur loves the museum and a trip to Michigan just wouldn't be right without a visit. Abigail was as good as gold during the outing. I just hope tonight she will sleep!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 33

Today, I basted the bookcase quilt. I've been ruminating the quilting all day and I think I'll do a basic meander. Black meander in the black and a tan or neutral in the shelves, books and knicknacks. Since there is so much going on visiually in the quilt, I think an overall pattern will recede more into the background than if I did a bunch of outlining and other designs. Since it's already getting late, I'll save the actual quilting until tomorrow. I just realized that I didn't bring my quilting gloves. Oh, well. It's not life threatening, but it would have been nice to have them.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 32

We're finally here! There was a bit of a delay this morning due to fog, but we were landing in Muskegon around 10am. Much of the day was spent in recovery. I napped with Abigail for a few hours in the afternoon.

I did pull out my hexes and made a few more. It looks like I'll need to cut more fabric. First, I'll sew the ones I have into flowers and see what I still need.